New volcanic island grows in the Red Sea

Here’s a neat little eruption: satellite imagery has revealed a newly-formed island in the Red Sea in the northern part of the Zabair Group of islands off the coast of Yemen.  Ash-bearing steam and gas plumes were tracked from the growing cone, which now seems to have quieted down.  This activity is occuring along the Red Sea rift, where the African and Arabian plates are splitting apart.

NASA satellite image of new island in Red Sea

NASA satellite image of new island in Red Sea

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